This Week in Herndon

This Week in Herndon

Man Charged in Wounding

<bt>Marlon Tamayo of Herndon is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred in June.

A 17-year-old male from Sterling, who was stabbed back in June, is now facing charges of malicious wounding by a mob along with four others, including Tamayo.

In the days that followed the June 30 incident, investigators determined the juvenile's claim that he had been assaulted and stabbed by a white male outside a residence on Saffron Court was not entirely accurate.

Investigators learned through the course of the investigation that an altercation prior to the assault on Saffron Court had occurred between two groups, including the 17-year-old, at the Stone House Community Pool on Fernbank Court in the Cascades area in Sterling.

Some of those subjects, which included the 17-year-old stabbing victim along with a second 17-year-old from Sterling, a 15-year-old from Sterling, and two adults left the area for a residence on Saffron Court.

Around 6:30 p.m. that evening, a second group of men including a 29-year-old Sterling man who was not involved in the initial confrontation at the pool arrived at Saffron Court. At this time a fight broke out between the 17-year-old and the 29-year-old man. Four other subjects then began to assault the 29-year-old victim with blunt objects. During the assault the 29-year-old victim pulled out a knife he was carrying and stabbed the 17-year-old.

Charged in the case are two 17-year-olds, a 15-year-old, 20-year-old Tamayo and 19-year-old Tony Un of Sterling.

The juveniles have all been released into the custody of their parents. Un was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond.

<sh>Party Ends in Gunfire

<bt>A party at the Cascades Commons Apartments in Sterling early Sunday morning ended in gunfire and the arrest of a Herndon man.

Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene shortly after 1 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Witnesses at the scene told deputies that several males had exchanged words outside the apartment complex in the 21200 block of Huntington Square. At one point a subject was seen firing multiple shots at several vehicles as they fled the scene. A third vehicle driven by a 29-year-old Fairfax man was struck in the rear window during the incident. No one was injured as a result of the incident.

A lookout was immediately posted for a red Lexus and a red Chevrolet Tahoe that were seen fleeing the area at the time of the incident.

A sheriff's deputy who was canvassing the area observed a similar vehicle on Ridgetop Circle. The deputy followed the vehicle as it pulled into a nearby hotel and came to a stop in the parking lot. It was discovered that the vehicle's driver, 26-year-old Lateef Benjamin of Herndon, had a handgun under the driver's side seat. Benjamin was also determined to have been at the party at the time of the incident. He has been charged with possession of a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, obstruction of justice and driving on a revoked license. He is being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond.

The case remains under investigation and the Loudoun's Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Investigator Fognano of the Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

<sh>'Suburb' To Open Friday

<bt>The Elden Street Players will conclude the 2002-03 season with the musical comedy, "Suburb," which begins its run Friday, Aug. 1, at the Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive in Herndon.

The play follows a young couple considering moving to the suburbs to raise a family. It does contain some adult language and would be classified as PG-13 for language.

There will be an opening night champagne reception immediately following Friday's performance; and before each of the 12 performances, a local restaurant will provide free food samples for the audience.

The play, written by David Javerbaum and Robert Cohen, will run weekends Aug. 1-23, with one Thursday performance. Show times are Fridays, Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Aug. 10 and 17, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17, with seniors/students costing $14. For more information or to reserve tickets call 703-481-5930 or on the Web at

<sh>Alabama Drive Work

<bt>Base asphalt paving as part of the Alabama Drive Improvement Project has begun. The base paving of the section of Alabama Drive from near Van Buren to Florida Avenue is expected to be completed by mid-August with the section from Florida Avenue to Elden Street completed by mid-September.

The final surface pavement will be placed along the entire roadway when all the base paving is completed and is anticipated to take place in September. The street amenities, including landscaping, irrigation and crosswalks, will also be completed at that time.

For more information on the project, visit the town's Web site at

<sh>Recycle Mixed Paper

<bt>Residents can now dispose of mixed paper products at the self-service Herndon Drop-Off Recycling Center located 1479 Sterling Road, behind the police station. Mixed paper can only be dropped off at the center and not part of weekly curbside recycling.

Mixed paper products include magazines, catalogs, office paper, envelopes, junk mail and glossy paper. In addition to mixed paper, residents may dispose of glass, plastic, aluminum/metal containers, telephone books, cardboard and newspaper products at the center.

The recycling center is open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. For more information about recycling, contact the Department of Public Works, 703-435-6853.

<sh>Coaches Corner at Centennial

<bt>Herndon Centennial Golf Course and JJ Deli will play host to the "Coaches Corner" sports radio show Monday, Aug. 4. The show will be broadcast live from the clubhouse at 6 p.m., on WAGE 1200 AM. The show is also shown weekly on ESPN2 in Loudoun County, at 11:30 a.m., Saturdays.

The featured guests include local resident Mike Kohn, bronze medal winner in the four-man bobsled at the 2002 Olympics and a former player for the Washington Redskins. There will be free appetizers and prizes. For more information, call Centennial at 703-471-5769.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Thursday, July 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market. Station Street parking lot.

Thursday, July 31, 10 a.m.

Farmers' Market Fun Days. Town Hall Square, 730 Elden St.

Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.

Summer concert, Eric Scott Band, rock/blues/soul. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.

Friday, Aug. 1, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live, Fighting Gravity and Laughing Colors. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.

Monday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Planning Commission public hearing. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council work session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market. Station Street parking lot.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.

Farmers' Market Fun Days. Town Hall Square, 730 Elden St.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

Community Association Coalition meeting. Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Summer concert, The Covairs, '50s-style retro rock 'n' roll. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.

Friday, Aug. 8, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live, Junk Food and Quazi. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.